My girls like music; I like music. I find our radio almost as much as a diversion for my girls as the television and one I don’t need to monitor as much. If a guest were to pop into our house, at any given time, chances are the radio would be blaring either classical music or a medley of children’s songs.
I normally cycle through children’s music artists pretty quickly with my young girls. They find something they like- play the heck out of it for a week or two- and then move on to another CD.
There has been one CD though, that I haven’t been able to take out of the radio since last December- Laura Doherty’s “In a Heartbeat”. This CD has been a fixture and dominating force of playtimes, cleanup times, and pretty much all times in between.
Luckily for me, this isn’t one of those children’s music CDs that drive adults bonkers. From the first few moments when you hear the strumming of the mandolin paired with Ms. Doherty’s soothing tones and infectious lyrics singing “I’m a Little Fish”, you know you’re in for a treat. The CD runs the complete range from slower songs for calmer moments to faster songs with upbeat tunes that get your toes tapping. The music alternates between transporting kids from ‘cozy’ to ‘vibrant’ without ever crossing into the dangerous over-stimulated zone. “In a Heartbeat“ provides the perfect balance of fast-paced beats paired with sweet calming songs to evoke in young listeners a varying array of cheerful and lighthearted emotions.
Aside from catchy music this CD also has another distinguishing feature that my children adore. The back cover art on this CD is eye-catching and visually pleasing for young children. My youngest non-reader can easily find the song she wants, match up the number, and plug it in on the radio all by herself. (Or as she claims, “just like a grownup!”) I wish all children’s music CDs would have a similar playlist when possible.
“In a Heartbeat“ is slated to be released on February 11, 2014; which, in my humble opinion, makes it a PRIME candidate for a Valentine’s Day gift for children everywhere. I plan on picking up extra copies for some close friends of ours and sharing them at our local homeschool Valentine’s Exchange party.
You can sample sections from some of Laura Doherty’s songs on her official website.
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